Application Instructions

Due to the large number of proposals that we received by our preliminary deadline of February 3, we have exhausted our current round of project funding and will not accept new proposals during Spring 2020. Funding awards will be announced by late February.


We invite your creativity and passion. Applicants are encouraged to work in any medium they choose, and to approach the environmental humanities in diverse and innovative ways. Projects awarded funding in the current submission round (preliminary deadline of February 3, with rolling submission until April 30 or until funding is committed) must be completed between March 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021. This may include the summer months of 2020.

Projects may be entirely new endeavors, or may be distinctive initiatives that supplement ongoing activities. Activities may take place on or off the Yale campus, however all activities should be envisioned with a wider public audience in mind.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to: 

  • Podcast/radio episode or show
  • Video web series

  • Documentary project

  • Collaborative efforts with community-based organizations 

  • Interactive websites or web interfaces

  • Art installations

  • Engagement with poetry/literature

  • Curation of museum, gallery, or library exhibit

  • Lecture/Discussion events (excluding routine campus speakers)

  • Mobile applications

  • Project or workshop series/collaboration with educational institutions or organizations 


Students at any level (undergraduate, master’s degree, professional, and doctoral students), as well as faculty and eligible staff, are invited to propose a project. Applicants may work individually or in teams. Students need not have a faculty supervisor (although they can if the grant is being used to support a capstone or other project which requires one). Collaboration among students and faculty at all levels is highly encouraged.


Recipients of an Environmental Humanities grant will be expected to showcase their completed projects and discuss their experiences at a Yale Environmental Humanities event. The projects also will be featured on the Yale Environmental Humanities website. 

Review Committee 

Application proposals will be evaluated by a review committee drawn from the Environmental Humanities Steering Committee, consisting of Yale faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students in the Environmental Humanities. Members of the project review committee are not eligible to propose a project.

Selection Criteria

The review committee will consider the following criteria while judging a project

  • Personal Development and Commitment –skills developed, connection between project and personal development objectives of applicant(s)
  • Environmental and Social Impact – potential of the project to have a meaningful impact within the Yale, New Haven, local/international community in which applicant lives and/or works, or on the broader public; relevancy of project to environmental and/or social issue in the community
  • Innovation – freshness of approach or ideas; potential to serve as a model for others
  • Feasibility– feasibility of goals, timeline, and budget; potential longevity of the project
  • Collaboration – collaboration among multiple members of the Yale and/or New Haven community; ability of project to engage other members of the local/international community in which the applicant lives and/or works; accessibility of project to a wider public 
  • Diversity – connections to diverse groups/communities, awareness of and/or action to address historical social and political inequities

Application review will begin on February 3, 2020 and will continue until our funding is allocated. For full consideration, please submit your proposal by February 2, 2020 at midnight.  Decisions will be made and announced by mid-February. Please feel free to send any questions to

Application Form